Gauntlet

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For the Sega Mega Drive version, see Gauntlet IV.

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Gauntlet
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Developer:
Licensor: Tengen, Atari Games
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
EU
25006-50
Sega Master System
PT
Sega Master System
UK
£24.9924.99[2] 25006-50
Sega Master System
SE
(Rental)
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
023130
Non-Sega versions

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Gauntlet is an overhead dungeon crawler released for the arcades by Atari Games in 1985. A Sega Master System version was released exclusively in Europe in 1990, published by U.S. Gold and developed by Tiertex Design Studios. Though the original arcade game supported four-player simultaneous play, the Master System version only supports up to two players due to the lack of a multitap adapter for the system.

A North American release was planned and advertised[3], but did not materialise.

Gameplay

Gauntlet combines arcade-style gameplay with the theme and dungeon-crawling action of pen-and-paper role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. The players fight their way through many floors of an enormous dungeon, both cooperating to kill enemies and competing to collect gold and upgrades.

Players can choose from among four characters (Thor the Warrior, Thyra the Valkyrie, Merlin the Wizard or Questor the Elf). Each has their own unique visual appearance and various strengths and weaknesses (for example, Merlin excels at magic but his hand-to-hand attacks are weak).

History

Legacy

The huge success of the game in the arcades led to a large number of home ports and various sequels, but the series did not return to Sega systems until the Sega Mega Drive-exclusive Gauntlet IV in 1993. Unlike the first game, Gauntlet IV was released in the US and Japan as well as Europe.

Magazine articles

Main article: Gauntlet/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SE advert
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Print advert in (UK) #13: "December 1990" (1990-11-01)
also published in:
  • (UK) #109: "December 1990" (1990-11-16)[4]
  • (UK) #14: "January 1991" (1990-12-06)[5]
  • (UK) #3: "January 1991" (1990-11-29)[6]
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Print advert in (IT) #25: "Febbraio 1991" (199x-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Atuagagdliutit (GL) #1991-07-17 (1991-07-17)
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Print advert in (FR) #1: "Septembre 1991" (1991-09-04)
also published in:
  • (FR) #20: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[7]
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Print advert in (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)
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Print advert in (UK) #121: "December 1991" (1991-11-15)
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Print advert in (DE) #1992-01: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(UK)
86
[2]
(DE)
52
[8]
(UK)
87
[9]
(UK)
96
[10]
(UK)
90
[11]
(UK) PAL
90
[12]
(UK) PAL
80
[13]
(UK)
92
[14]
(UK)
92
[15]
(UK)
90
[16]
(UK)
60
[17]
(ES) PAL
88
[18]
(FR) PAL
79
[19]
(ES)
80
[20]
(UK)
92
[21]
(UK)
90
[22]
(FR)
78
[23]
(DE)
63
[24]
(UK) PAL
64
[25]
(UK) PAL
87
[26]
(UK) PAL
75
[27]
(UK)
83
[28]
(UK) PAL
80
[29]
(GR) PAL
88
[30]
(DE)
66
[31]
(UK)
77
[32]
Sega Master System
81
Based on
26 reviews

Gauntlet

Master System, EU
Gauntlet-SMS-EU cover.jpg
Cover
Gauntlet SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
GauntletSMSEUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, PT
Gauntlet SMS PT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, SE (Rental)
Gauntlet SMS SE rental cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
Gauntlet SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Gauntlet SMS AU cartback.jpgGauntlet SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (NIAL sticker)
Gauntlet SMS AU nial cover.jpg
Cover
Gauntlet SMS AU cartback.jpgGauntlet SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 d9190956
MD5 fdd401983eb42200f9fec672374597af
SHA-1 4e583ce9b95e20ecddc6c1dac9941c28a3e80808
128kB Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 60
  2. 2.0 2.1 ACE, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 87
  3. File:SMSII US Catalog.pdf, page 2
  4. Computer & Video Games, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-16), page 119
  5. Sega Power, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 52
  6. Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 23
  7. Joystick, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 137
  8. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1990" (DE; 1990-10-26), page 132
  9. (UK) (+0:00)
  10. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume Two" (UK; 1990-04-xx), page 14
  11. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 97
  12. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 56
  13. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 140
  14. Computer & Video Games, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-15), page 120
  15. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 136
  16. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  17. Games-X, "Sneak Preview March 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 17
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 86
  19. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 107
  20. Micromanía (segunda época), "Junio 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 57
  21. Mean Machines, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-xx), page 58
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 133
  23. Player One, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 35
  24. Power Play, "2/91" (DE; 1991-01-18), page 152
  25. Raze, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-11-29), page 39
  26. S: The Sega Magazine, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-04), page 12
  27. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 56
  28. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 19
  29. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71
  30. User, "Noémvrios 1991" (GR; 1991-1x-xx), page 90
  31. Video Games, "1/91" (DE; 1991-03-27), page 74
  32. Zero, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-0x-xx), page 88


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